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and losers of elections move on with their lives of dignity. we thank you again for the inspiration of our nation's founders and the legacy they left us with. may the members of this assembly and all americans be worthy of that legacy. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance today will be led by the gentleman from michigan, mr. walberg. mr. walberg: please join together in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain one-minute speeches at a later time today. pursuant to section 5-a of house resolution 5, the chair now recognizes the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for the reading of the constitution. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this morning
elections, drowning out the voices of ordinary american citizens eager to participate in the political process. citizens united also epitomizes the so-called corporate personhood movement in which some now say the corporations are people. the fact is corporations are not people, and the constitution was never intended to give corporations the same rights as the american people. corporations don't breathe. they don't have kids, and they don't die in wars. my constituents continue to express concern about the growing influence of corporations in our political discourse. they're also demanding action on campaign finance reform because they are repulsed by the large amount of money in our campaigns. and quite frankly, they want elected officials to spend more time on policy, deliberating and debating on issues and less time dialing for dollars. unfortunately, the republican leadership in the house has failed to address these pressing issues during the past two years. they have been indifferent. we haven't had the opportunity to vote on any legislation to curb the influence of unlimited and
and for the fact that it was the first time i was able to vote. i turned 21 on election day. as able to vote for kennedy that day. since then they changed the age to 18. since i started voting, i have plusssed 14 inauguration's the swearing in of lbj in dallas. it is something i would not miss for anything. one thing that impressed me so much was all the flag-waving in the crowd. i thought it was just beautiful. the music by james taylor. he was always one of my favorite. and the choir this thing be back on him. today the line about trampling out the grapes of wrath stuck with me. we have so much hatred today. i hope we can make some progress. host: i know you waited a long time. brandon is tweeting us. this is a beautiful day for our country. i'm going to find something good to do today. inauguration day is filled with many traditions. you just witnessed a signing ceremony. this happens in the presence room in the capital. you saw the president what the plans that are distributed to the leaders of congress. he also confirmed the nominations of john brennan it to be defense secretary appeare
a former n.r.a. member? caller: the day after the presidential election, i was contacted by the n.r.a. -- if you know anything about the n.r.a., if you are a member, they do contact you quite often, mail, via phone calls, asking for money. and more money. and while i still support the n.r.a.'s positions on defending some of our rights, i also saw them as one of the largest and most powerful lobbies and the fact that they couldn't defeat president obama, at that point, i'm not throwing good money after bad, and i just decided that i wasn't going to support their financial effort anymore. host: i abottle guise for interrupting. you are a gun owner and treated for depression. caller: i am trited for depression and i haven't read the president's entire proposal veer bait im, but i just want to caution the government to take a look at this -- first of all, as a man, i'm going to tell you it's difficult for me to go to a health care professional to ever address my profession. i knew for years i was depressed, but i thought it was something i could man up, power through, get through, tak
fulfilled its responsibility in that regard in the last two years and went through the fire in the election. i think that's fair. the senate just simply has not. and it is discouraging. you know, it just takes 51 votes. that's all it takes over there. i actually heard commentators tell us, oh, no, it takes 60. it takes no such thing. it just takes 51 votes where the majority now has 55 and at one point had 59 and was unable to -- unwilling, i should say, get 51 where you got over 228 of our members do last year which was actually vote on a budget going into an election year. mr. chairman, i'm delighted to see legs like this. i do think there are legitimate constitutional questions. i think those we'll have a vigorous discussion about that in the next couple of days. i'm comforted by some of the precedence you cite, mr. chairman. at the end of the day, this is about getting us to do our jobs. there isn't a member up here that wouldn't tell you it really is our obligation to write a budget. again, our friends in the majority did not. i'm really happy to see the minority, they have chosen to d
it would have helped us in the election if we'd run a tax bill on the floor and actually run a medicare bill. last year's budget was i think about one page. not even one page. there's a lot more heavy lifting than a one-page tax plan. i think republicans could do ourselves good by striking out prorkviding leadership, outlining what a breath program looks like, same with the house and other entitlement reform. let's secure medicare, medicaid, sos and it's one thing to have a paragraph in the budget and another to pass things on the floor. i think it's time we took that chance and put out what we're for in a detailed manner. these are serious times. it's not about gains before the next election. it's gains with our credit worthiness long-term. >> i think it's important to point out that one of the reasons leadership may be able to shorten the years to balance is buzz of the recent tax increases. so it's not just a structural change in what we're doing, it's that there have been tax increases. so if taxes were lowered again, then that might change the picture. i think we haven't been given
of wrin for electing me to listen to their needs and bring good hoosier common sense to washington. i look forward to working on their behalf in this congress and to tackle our most serious issues. ladies and gentlemen, the clock is ticking. let's get to work. i yield back to my honorable colleague in the state of indiana. mr. messer: thank you. i say with great pride, honorable colleague, that we do it better in indiana. i worked with then-state representative walorski and governor daniels as a member of indiana's general assembly to help bass indiana's balanced budget and turned a $6 billion deficit to into a $3 billion surplus in one year without a tax increase. there was no silver bullet, our state's leaders followed a principal most families understand, one shouldn't spend money they don't have. it wasn't always easy but eight years later, we have fewer state government employees since any time since the 1970's yet our state is providing better services. as the governor said, most will be surprised by how much government they don't miss. i yield to the distinguished gentleman from nor
to elect them with. since i am an independent i didn't like that. you know, another thing with n.r.a., they don't care really who becomes a member, whether you're a criminal or you can't own a gun legally. they don't care. they don't cleck for that. to me it's mainly the republicans when it comes to all the money. there should be something to stop people killing people and maybe it should be where something has to have insurance to carry a weapon and let them do the background checking on people if they couldn't insure themselves and they shouldn't own a gun. that's my comment. thank you. guest: the n.r.a. is a national organization that represents more than four million people. i assume most of them own firearms. over 100 million people in the united states own firearms. and so this is an issue that is much broader than any individual organization, and it's very, very important that organizations that want to protect our civil liberties, you know, represent the people that they represent, but it's also important that the congress recognize this is a much, much broader issue. aga
to die in the american desert. the suffering must end. we look forward to working with our elected officials and all of good will toward this end. granted. -- thank you. >> as you can see by this range of perspective, the differences are not great but the unity is clear. the congress must take advantage of the opportunity to pass broad immigration reform. i would like to take questions from the press. please introduce yourself, your name as well as your outlook. >> i would like to hear more about the republican super pac. jeb bush, would they be a part of that? >> at this point -- the, we are getting all the paperwork and -- together and we should be ready to go soon. obviously the role of the super pac is to raise money that we can use to support immigration in districts where a republican is supportive. we cannot give the money to a candid it or say vote for this man or this woman. but we can support the concept in those critical districts. you will have to ask governor bush what his plans are and what he is doing. i would assume that anything related to immigration will catch hi
] >> now give me great pleasure to introduce a newly elected colleague from connecticut who will introduce our first witness and that is congresswoman elizabeth espy from connecticut no whose district sandy hook elementary school resides. and what we will do is have all of the various members introduce our witnesses and then we will proceed with the testimony. congresswoman esty. >> thank you so much to my good friend, rosa delauro. and thank you to all of you for being here with us today. as witnesses to what happened in our community of newtown, connecticut, and as a call to action for what we must do as a country. i'm honored today to have the chance to introduce janet robinson who has become a good friend, who is a true american hero, who responded in a time of unbelievable tragedy. for five years dr. janet robinson has served as the superintendent of schools in newtown, connecticut. throughout her career she has shown a constant and loving commitment to education and improving the lives of children. in addition to having served as superintendent of schools in three different connecti
should be done. but you have probably more than any group of elected officials thought about this issue more intently and longer. you have done a great deal of work on this. all of you who deal with the issue every day. i'm not going to ask for a show of hands, but if i did, a lot of people would put their hands up in this room. how many of you mayors attended the funeral of a police officer or an innocent child in a drive-by shooting or shop owner in your city? many of you, many of you have had to attend and many of you, many, many funerals. some of your communities experienced mass shootings, not just in schools, but movie theaters and temples and not unique to big cities. it was -- i happened to be literally, probably turned out to be a quarter of a mile back in 2006 at an outing when i heard gunshots in the woods that we didn't know where we thought there were hunters. i got back to the clubhouse in this outing and saw helicopters. it was a shooting that had just taken place in a small amish school just outside of lancaster, pennsylvania. so it's not just big cities or well-to-do su
beforehand preparing for whomever is elected in november and someone who participated in the inaugural for president obama four years ago and we had no idea what we were doing, i can tell you the folks, regardless of who the chair is and the folks at j.t.f. are there ready for you when you walk in the door and do the logistical lift. we make sure the president's imprint is put on one of these events. in the parade as the colonel mentioned along with all of these military elements, there are 58 different groups. 58 different groups, floats and vehicles. these are from all 50 states. they are everything from the virginia military institute just across the river in virginia, down in southern virginia, which has marched in a number of inaugural parades through a group of maine of unicyclists, which are called the jim dandies. they will pass review in front of the white house. the president will stand and watch the entire review and enjoy the parade along with thousands of folks who will come down and be watching from along the parade route. once that ends, the president goes inside and the
that for all the purposes that people send us to congress or elect us to public office, whether it's county executive or a member of congress, is they expect us to do what is right for them when they are in most need of our help. many things we can do for ourselves, but some things are just beyond the most determined resourceful -- determined, resourceful, operational people can do and that is when a natural disaster strikes. so while we have had our conversations about what should be in the bill and how the bill should be bifurcated or in this case trifurcated and all the rest, when we have this vote today it will sweep away some of the concerns that people have about whether this assistance is going to actually show up. 79 days, 79 days since hurricane sandy struck the region. last year it was irene that struck much of the same area. some of the people haven't really fully recovered from that. whether it was the small business owner or homeowner or whatever, and now sandy. such a tremendous force. others have talked about, how do you mitigate for such a thing? how do you address issues re
, our re-elected 44th president of these united states. may your holy spirit descend upon him that he may see things as you see things. may he be strengthened in his work and grow in understanding as he proves ever attentive to the people. may we respond to the nation's deepest needs and lift up all of us to higher standards of equal justice, true goodness and peaceful union. grant him health and protection, sincere collaboration and renewed faith. lord, may the people of this nation and those around the world stand with him to face any challenge, endure any difficulty without fear, learn how to accept every success and every failure with grace and support him with encouragement and prayer both now and forever. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren. mr. hultgren: please join me in honoring our great nation. i pledge allegiance to the flag o
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